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White Queen Wednesday: Invisible Woman

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Welcome, gentle reader. The subject of this week’s White Queen Wednesday was brought to my attention by my buddy RJ Danvers. Before he pointed it out, I had no idea that Emma Frost appeared in last week’s Fantastic Four #584, written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Steve Epting. But after I read this issue I felt like her interaction with Susan Richards, the Fantastic Four’s Invisible Woman, was worth sharing with you as well. Although brief, their little moment drips with hidden meaning and subtle characterization.

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Meow, ladies! What is going on with all that cattiness, girls?

It definitely seems like Emma gets along much better with men than with women. Like Spider-Woman, it seems that men tend to love her and women often hate her for one reason or another. Since she joined the X-Men, her male teammates like Wolverine and Beast were almost immediately taken with her and quick to defend her while her female teammates like Storm, Rogue and Kitty Pryde were more skeptical of her motivations and a little slower to come around in accepting her place on the team. Even back when she was the White Queen of the Hellfire Club, she and Sebastian Shaw were thick as thieves while they plotted to kill Emma’s rival Black Queen, the immortal sorceress and psychic vampire Selene. Which is why I think her newfound sisterhood and friendship with Storm in the pages of Warren Ellis’s Astonishing X-Men is so powerful.

But back to Susan Richards, what could have possibly inspired this bitchiness and barely veiled hostility between them? Is Sue merely reacting towards Emma the way a lot of women seem to, judging her based on her looks, clothing (or lack thereof) and attitude? Or is Susan perhaps jealous of the way Namor has so aggressively pursued Emma in recent months? If it is the latter, I don’t think Sue has anything to worry about. Because it doesn’t seem like Namor has anything to offer Emma beyond a strategic alliance between his Atlantean people and her mutant population. Besides, when it comes to Namor, Emma has already been there and done that. So the forbidden fruit that fires such passionate interest in Sue holds no such taboo appeal for Emma.

While I’m on the subject of the Invisible Woman and recent releases, how amazing did she look in “Love and the Space Phantom” by Jaime Hernandez in last week’s Strange Tales II #2? Not unlike the writer of Smoke & Guns and my personal cocktail guru Kirsten Baldock, I’d say.

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You’ll notice that even in this story, she’s still throwing shade due to her jealousy over Namor’s affections.

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Well that was another short and sweet White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. I would be very curious to know how you interpreted this little moment between Emma and Sue if you would be so kind as to share your thoughts in the comments.

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3 Comments

  1. Khino

    I found their interaction very odd, actually. They were respectful towards each other in Heralds and even friendly in X-4. I guess since these aren’t “mainstream” comics the writer for Fantastic four simply ignored Em and Sue’s previous interactions…

    … but the thing with Namor you mentioned could be the reason and it would be nice, actually. Sue does have a soft spot for him.

  2. Ingonyama

    I think Sue not getting along with Emma is somewhat related to why the other X-Women don’t like her…it’s a trust issue.

    Not because she used to be the White Queen…that part of her life was over and done with by the end of Whedon’s amazing “Torn” story in Astonishing X-Men. But because she still uses the tactics of a villainess…her ruthlessness and willingness to use any means to achieve an end might not sit well with some of the more intrinsically “good” Marvel women.

    Namely, she uses her sex appeal like another weapon in her arsenal, where most heroines simply accept it as part of who and what they are, or actively fight being judged by it. Even Psylocke, arguably the second “sluttiest”-dressed on the X-Men, wears her thong-kini because it’s what she’s comfortable in, not out of any active desire to distract or stun the enemy. Emma dresses like she does out of an explicit desire to do just that…add a degree of psychological warfare to whatever situation she’s in.

    Is it a useful tactic? You betcha. But it also runs the risk of alienating her from the characters who want to distance themselves from “that sort of thing,” the way any overtly sexual behavior will cause the less sexually minded to distance themselves.

    Just my take on it.

  3. Terence N

    I definitely think you nailed it with the Namor business. The two women have no other reason to be so frigid toward one another based on their previous appearances. In fact, one thing I love is that Sue and Emma seem to have an interesting friendship. Emma respects Sue’s power and class, and Sue knows how to react in a level manor to Emma’s quips. They’re almost like sisters. They have a mutual respect and understanding.

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